liberties. that balance, again, is important to america. in 2007, democrats empowered the privacy and civil liberty -- when a patriot act was passed, after it was passed, there were some of us were insisting on a privacy and civil liberty board. and we got the majority, h.r. 1, the first bill the democrats put on the floor as a democratic majority, was to enact the recommendations of the 9/11 commission, one of which was a strong civil liberty and privacy force. we had beginnings of it. this would strengthen it with greater tools to increase oversight, accountability and transparency for our national security strategy. again, i have sent you this letter.